Photos of the Day

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

There are a number of moving Holocaust memorials around Europe, but I thought this one in Budapest was particularly poignant. When the Nazis learned that Hungary was secretly negotiating peace accords with the U.S. and Britain in 1944, they moved in to occupy Budapest. Almost immediately, they began systematically lining up the city’s Jews along the this stretch of the Danube, shooting them, then dumping their bodies into the river.

Things didn’t get much better for Hungary once it was “liberated” by the Soviets. There’s a memorial in the city honoring the Soviet army for freeing Budapest from the Nazis. It was eventually put far behind a fence. It kept getting vandalized.  I didn’t have time to tour it, but Budapest also has a museum called the “House of Terror” that documents life in Hungary under both regimes. A couple people I talked to who visited said there’s a video at the museum in which you can watch Hungarian troops change from Nazi uniforms into Soviet uniforms minutes after the Red Army moves in.

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10 Responses to “Photos of the Day”

  1. #1 |  the innominate one | 

    That is quite poignant.

    Somewhat inappropriately, before reading your explanation, Radley, I thought you had posted a Rapture satire.

  2. #2 |  Dave | 

    I thought it was photos of where the Rapture took place.

  3. #3 |  Cornellian | 

    That illustrates something I’ve thought about for some time now, namely that the so-called political spectrum is, in fact, a circle, with the extremes of left (communism) and right (nazism) meeting on the far side of the circle across from individual freedom.

  4. #4 |  Leah | 

    Wow. The shoes – that is one powerful shot.

  5. #5 |  CK | 

    He who has a Hungarian for a friend has no need of enemies.
    Old Russian Proverb.

  6. #6 |  Azygos | 

    “# #3 | Cornellian | May 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    That illustrates something I’ve thought about for some time now, namely that the so-called political spectrum is, in fact, a circle, with the extremes of left (communism) and right (nazism) meeting on the far side of the circle across from individual freedom.”

    I’ll chock this up to publik skool edumakation. NAZI, National Socialist Democrat Workers Party were as far left as the Soviets just a different brand of communism. Notice the use of the word “Socialist.” That is left wing communist party. One wanted International Socialism, the other the NAZI’s, wanted National Socialism. Both communist, both left wing.

  7. #7 |  c andrew | 

    Radley,
    A fiction writer contemporary with the Hungarian Revolution wrote that the Hungarian Secret police had learned well from their former masters and outstripped both the Gestapo and the NKVD in their brutality.

  8. #8 |  the innominate one | 

    Azygos, I’ll CHALK it up to a public school education that you think the term is chock.

    It doesn’t matter if you classify Nazis on the right or the left, the important thing is that at both the left and right extremes you get increasing authoritarianism leading to totalitarianism.

    Despite the name and certain other qualities, the Nazis were fascists, a right wing ideology.

    And say what you will about National Socialism, at least it’s an ethos.

  9. #9 |  Fascist Nation | 

    Reminds one of “Candide.” On half the city gets wiped out by the invaders. And when the national Army shews up to “save the city” they proceed to slaughter the surviving half for being collaborators. Known as a bad year. So it goes.

  10. #10 |  Bakon | 

    Nazism was emphatically NOT Fascism, and Fascism is not a “Right Wing” ideology. Period. Full stop.

    It was Socialism (the name, as implied above, was not a mere token, but a description of policy. “A chicken for every pot”, remember?), melded with elements of extreme Nationalism. It differed from Bolshevism only insofar as Bolshevism is INTERnational Socialism.

    In fact, the increasing alliance between Big Business and Government under the current administration is closer to actual Fascism (where the government does not ‘own’ business but simply dictates its scope and functions) than Nazism was.

    I think what you’re trying to do, is to conflate Authoritarianism with “Right Wing Ideologies”. But a cursory survey of Authoritarian governments reveals command economies. and state control of production.

    Which is Leftist to the core.

    And what ON EARTH is meant by “…say what you will about National Socialism. At least it’s an ethos.”?

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